Green to drive Moore's car at Daytona By Shawn A. Akers SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 22, 1999) Bud Moore is still gamely trying to achieve his 50th year as an active NASCAR car owner, and at any rate he isn't one to be left behind. Sponsorship or...
Green to drive Moore's car at Daytona By Shawn A. Akers
SPARTANBURG, S.C. (Jan. 22, 1999) Bud Moore is still gamely trying to achieve his 50th year as an active NASCAR car owner, and at any rate he isn't one to be left behind. Sponsorship or not, Bud Moore Engineering will field an entry for the season-opening Daytona 500 next month, team manager Greg Moore said Friday. Jeff Green, who'll run the NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division season-opening NAPA Auto Parts 300 on Feb. 13, will attempt to qualify the No. 15 Taurus for the "Great American Race," set for Feb. 14. Greg Moore said it is a one-race deal, and that the team will run the car without sponsorship if no financial backing becomes available. "We elected not to go to Daytona last year, and we really regretted that," Moore said. "The Daytona 500 has traditionally been good to our race team, and we didn't want to miss out on it this year. We felt it was in our best interest, whether we had a sponsor or not, to go down there and try and make the race. We wanted to stay in the loop. And, who knows, if we get in the race and do well, that could bode well for us sponsorship-wise." Bud Moore won the Daytona 500 in 1978 with Bobby Allison at the wheel. Among a bushel of top finishes in the 40-year-old event, Allison's second in 1980; third in consecutive years, 1992-93, by Geoffrey Bodine; Ricky Rudd's fifth in 1985; and Wally Dallenbach's sixth in 1996 are the highlights. The team has failed to compete in the events for the last two years. "We've still been working on stuff on a limited basis, and we've been really chasing sponsorship hard," Greg Moore said. "But, it's kinda hard to find sponsorship if you're not out there competing. It's a little bit of a double-edged sword. It's a situation that yeah, we need restrictor-plate racing. It's pushing two years now since we've run one. We think we need to go down there, and we know we can race well. We think the financial part is worth the risk." Greg Moore said he and Bud Moore had talked to Green, the driver of the No. 32 Kleenex Chevrolet run by Progressive Motorsports, several times recently about the possibility of driving the No. 15 Taurus in the Daytona 500, and finally convinced Green to do so. Although the team missed both Ford tests at Daytona International Speedway this month, Greg Moore said the team plans to go to Talladega Superspeedway next week for Green to test the car for a couple days. "I think he'll do us a really good job," Moore said of Green. "He's been very successful in the Busch car during his career, and he had some very good runs in the 46 car last year in the Cup Series. We're very confident if we can give him a good car, that he'll be able to qualify for the race and do a good job for us." Moore said the team has continued to prepare cars since last season. The last time the team put a car on the track in an actual race was early September, when Ted Musgrave drove the No. 15 Taurus in the Pepsi Southern 500 at Darlington Raceway -- the team's "home" race. Musgrave qualified the car well and had it running as high as 16th before engine trouble ended the team's day. Rescue Engine Formula then pulled its sponsorship from the team, and it missed the remainder of the 1998 campaign. "At Darlington, we felt we had reassembled our team and things were finally starting to go well for us," Greg Moore said. "Then we get our sponsorship pulled from us, and we're back to square one. It's a tough deal with a lot of teams out there still not having sponsorship. Some quit and some didn't. We hope that we can still hang on and there's something out there for us." Greg Moore said his father just couldn't bear the thought of not going to Daytona for another year. "I think going to Daytona shows the competitive character of the team and Bud Moore," Greg Moore said. "The decision was made by Bud himself to go to Daytona, and I was very proud of him for that. Obviously the under-financed teams have a tougher time being competitive than other guys, but we know we can race good down there. If we do, like I said before, it could lead to some good things for us."
Source: NASCAR Online